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The founder of the Chinese tech giant said that Huawei Technologies has replaced more than 13,000 parts in its products affected by the US trade sanctions, according to a transcript released by a Chinese university on Friday (March 17).
According to the text of the February speech released by Shanghai Jiao Tong University, Ren Zhengfei said that in the past three years, Huawei has replaced 13,000 components with domestic Chinese counterparts and redesigned 4,000 circuit boards for its products, “stabilizing” the production of circuit boards.
The statements, which Reuters could not independently verify, provided a window into Huawei’s efforts to bounce back from US trade restrictions. Since 2019, Huawei, a major supplier of equipment used in 5G telecommunications networks, has repeatedly been the target of US export controls.
These controls cut off both Huawei’s supply of chips from US companies and access to US technology tools to design and manufacture its own chips by its partners.
The Biden administration also banned the sale of new Huawei equipment in the US last year. The university said Ren said these words in a conversation with Chinese technologists on February 24. A US-based Huawei representative did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday.
Ren said Huawei has invested US$23.8 billion in research and development in 2022 and that “we will continue to increase R&D spending as our profitability grows.” The founder said the company has built its own enterprise resource planning system called MetaERP. It will launch in April and will help run core business functions including finance, supply chain and manufacturing operations.
Ren said Huawei has no plans to launch a competitor to the wildly popular big language model artificial intelligence ChatGPT, but Microsoft, a backer of OpenAI, the app’s developer, won’t be the only dominant player. He said Huawei is focused on being the “core computing power platform” of artificial intelligence.